Today, Governor Kathy Hochhol announced the 10 winners of the fourth round of the Vaccine, Educate, Graduate program in New York.
“I am pleased to announce the 10 young New Yorkers who will be able to access life-changing educational opportunities at any SUNY or CUNY college or university through the Immunization, Education and Alumni program,” Governor Hochul said. “As we combat the winter surge in COVID-19 cases, it is important that we remain vigilant in taking the necessary steps to defeat the virus. A vaccine is our most effective tool – it’s safe, free, easily accessible and the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe.”
Parents and guardians of children aged 5-11 who receive their first dose of vaccine by December 19th can apply to the “Vaccinate, educate, graduate” incentive program for a chance to win a full scholarship to any SUNY or City University college New York for two or four years or university for their children. The scholarship includes tuition, room, and board.
- Lecture: The full cost of in-state study at New York State or City University.
- Non-tuition costs: room and board, allowances for books and supplies, transportation up to the average cost at SUNY colleges.
- Accommodation: Students who live on campus will receive a higher room and board allowance than mobile students. If housing is not available to students on campus, they will receive the same allowance as students living on campus.
Below is the list of winners. Other identifying information is not available to protect the privacy of the student.
- Narcissus W, Queens County
- Helen K, Albany County
- Eleanor W., Erie County
- Zadeh M, Putnam District
- Kyawra R. Wayne County
- Bryn H, Ontario
- KC, Schenectady County
- Hannah C, Richmond County
- London m, Kings County
- Keri R. , Kings County
Parents and guardians can enter on behalf of their eligible children here, and those without an Internet connection can call 1-833-697-4829 to submit an entry by phone. New York State will run a random drawing each week, and winners will be verified by the New York State Department of Health and New York State Higher Education Services.
Only one entry per child will be accepted, and children must have received their first COVID-19 vaccination at least one day prior to admission. Entries will be relayed through all ‘Immunization, Education, Graduation’ program drawings. Additional information is available in the official rules.
Parents and guardians are also encouraged to visit the state’s new website, for information, frequently asked questions, and new resources about the COVID-19 vaccine and children. The state recently added ready-made materials to support child service providers and localities vaccinating children on the ground, including new posters and posters available here.
New Yorkers looking to schedule vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 are encouraged to contact their pediatrician, family doctor, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural health centers, or pharmacies that may administer a vaccine for this category age. Parents and guardians can visit Vacines.gov, send their zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations. Make sure your provider offers the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine, as other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet authorized for this age group. At this time, mass vaccination sites in New York State are currently being used for people 12 and older, while the #VaxToSchool pop-ups focus on children ages 12-17. Additional programs and events focused on children ages 5-11 will be announced soon.